Torn Paper

Resources Photo



Resources for Quitting Smoking

  1. QuitNow for Girls: A free guide developed by QuitNow specifically designed to help teen girls quit smoking.
  2. QuitNow for Guys: A free guide developed by QuitNow specifically designed to help teen guys quit smoking.
  3. QuitNow for Everyone: A free Internet-based quit smoking service for all British Columbians with expert advice, online peer support, quitting strategies, email reminders and more.

Information about Breast Cancer

  1. Team Shan: Shan was only 24 when she lost her life to breast cancer. Now her family & friends are spreading awareness that breast cancer is not just a disease of older women!
  2. Be P.I.N.K Teachers Tool Kit: A free online toolkit for educators and parents created by Cancer Care Manitoba that engages young girls about the importance of breast health and the risks associated with breast cancer. Resources are available in both English and French.

    Check out the Be P.I.N.K. Video. This educational video developed by Cancer Care Manitoba takes you through important breast health information, with interviews from rocker Bif Naked and Olympic medalist Tessa Virtue. The video, as supports the Be P.I.N.K. toolkit for educators, engages young girls about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and being aware of the changes to their breasts during adolescence and beyond.

  3. Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation: Canada’s leading organization dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer through research, education, and health promotion programs.

Information about Healthy Living

  1. Hi5 Living: The BC Cancer Agency’s new interactive website aimed at promoting good health practices among youth and to help them understand the risk factors for cancer and other diseases. Join them on Facebook and Twitter, too!



Stubbing out breast cancer. (2014). UBC Annual Report 2013-2014. Read the story here.

Bottorff, J. L., Struik, L.L., Bissell, L.J.L., Graham, R., Stevens, J., & Richardson, C.G. (2014). A social media approach to inform youth about breast cancer and smoking: An exploratory descriptive study. Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research, 21 (2), 159-168. DOI: 10.1016/j.colegn.2014.04.002 Full Article [Open Access]

Schwartz, J., Graham, R.B., Richardson, C.G., Okoli, C.T., Struik, L.L., & Bottorff, J.L. (2014). An examination of exposure and avoidance behavior related to second-hand cigarette smoke among adolescent girls in Canada. BMC Public Health, 14: 468. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-468. Full Article [Open Access]

Bottorff, J.L., Haines-Saah, R., Oliffe, J.L., Struik, L., Bissell, L., Gotay, C., Hutchinson, P., Richardson, C. & Johnson, K. (2014). Designing tailored messages about smoking and breast cancer for youth. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 46(1), 66-86.

Glantz, S.A. & Johnson, K.C. (2014). The Surgeon General report on smoking and health 50 years later: Breast cancer and the cost of increasing caution. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, 23(1), 37-46.


Richardson, C.G., Struik, L.L., Johnson, K.C., Ratner, P.A., Gotay, C., Memetovic, J., Okoli, C.T., & Bottorff, J.L. (2013). Initial impact of tailored web-based messages about cigarette smoke and breast cancer risk on boys’ and girls’ risk perceptions and information seeking: Randomized control trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 2(2), e53.


Johnson, K.C. (2012). Tobacco Smoke and Breast Cancer Risk: Rapid evolution of evidence and understanding in the early 21st Century. In Chen, G.G. (Ed), Cigarettes: Chemical composition, consumption and health effects (pp. 1-20). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.


Johnson, K.C., Miller, A.B., Collishaw, N.E., Palmer, J.R., Hammond, S.K., Salmon, A.G., et al. (2011). Active smoking and secondhand smoke increase breast cancer risk: The report of the Canadian Expert Panel on Tobacco Smoke and Breast Cancer Risk (2009). Tobacco Control, 20(1): e2.


Haines, R. J., Bottorff, J. L., Barclay McKeown, S., Ptolemy, E., Carey, J., & Sullivan, K. (2010). Breast cancer messaging for younger women: Gender, femininity, and risk. Qualitative Health Research, 20: 731-742.

Bottorff, J.L., McKeown, S.B., Carey, J., Haines, R., Okoli, C., Johnson, K.C., et al. (2010). Young women’s responses to smoking and breast cancer information. Health Education Research, 25(4): 668-677.

Conlon, M.S., Johnson, K.C., Bewick, M.A., Lafrenie, R.M., Donner, A. (2010). Smoking (active and passive), N-acetyltransferase 2, and risk of breast cancer. Cancer Epidemiology, 34(2): 142-149.

2009 and Earlier

Collishaw, N.E., Boyd, N.F., Cantor, K.P., Hammond, S.K., Johnson, K.C., Millar, J., et al. (2009). Canadian Expert Panel on Tobacco Smoke and Breast Cancer Risk. 2009. OTRU Special Report Series.

Bottorff, J.L., McKeown, S., & Ptolemy, E. (2008). Increasing awareness of smoking and breast cancer for young women. Network News,Canadian Breast Cancer Network, 12: 23-24.

Johnson, K.C. & Glantz, S.A. (2008). Evidence secondhand smoke causes breast cancer in 2005 stronger than for lung cancer in 1986. Preventive Medicine, 46(6): 492-496.

Johnson, K.C. (2005). Accumulating evidence on passive and active smoking and breast cancer risk. International Journal of Cancer, 117(4): 619-628.

Resources Photo
  • Quick Navigation
  • Quitting Smoking
  • Breast Cancer
  • Healthy Living
  • Publications